Tom chides village chief on plaint

By: Inna Gian Mejia November 20,2017 - 09:39 PM

OSMEÑA

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s described as “political” a request by Apas Barangay Captain Ramil Ayuman to the Office of the President to render its decision on the preventive suspension filed against him and City Councilor Margot Osmeña over the alleged reopening of the Inayawan Landfill.

Osmeña said it is technically incorrect to say he “reopened” the facility since the previous administration did not close the landfill. He said there is a procedure for closing a landfill and former mayor Michael Rama was unable to do it.

“It (landfill) was never closed. They are playing games with semantics. They are playing with words. Legally speaking, we did not reopen it because Rama never closed it. How can you open the door when the door is already open? He never closed the door,” he said.

Last Friday, Ayuman filed an urgent motion to resolve the motion and prayer for the immediate preventive suspension against the mayor and his wife.

Pending before the OP are complaints for grave misconduct, abuse of authority, culpable violation of the Constitution, and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. Ayuman filed the complaints last February 14.

“They will keep trying because they cannot win by election. They will do it by suspension,” Osmeña said. The mayor reiterated that Ayuman’s allegation on the reopening of the landfill is a non-issue since the city is no longer using the facility.

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